Professor Chaim I. Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He received his masters and doctorate in Sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York City, and he holds a masters degree in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University. He specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of ethnicity with special focus on American Jews, Jews in Israel, and global Jewish identity and identification. He served as President of the Association for the Sociological Study of Jewry, is a member of numerous scientific associations, and is an editorial board member for a number of academic journals. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute he is on the editorial boards of the "Identities" book series, as well as the new Identities: Journal for Jewish Culture & Identity.